Woof Woof Travels to Tucson, Arizona

Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Tucson, AZ

Lodge at Ventana Canyon, Tucson, AZ

First Stop: The Lodge at Ventana Canyon

Woof Woof lives in New York City and wanted his first night’s stay to be at a place that was away from the city. He chose The Lodge at Ventana Canyon. The place was so dog friendly that he was given a dog toy in a bag that says, “Someday I hope to be the person my dog thinks I am.“

For added canine pleasure, request a corner room with a mountain view. On the corner, your dog can see mountain views from both sides. There are two sliding glass doors that lead onto acres of green grass. Woof Woof enjoyed looking out the windows and the glass doors that open on to the grass for his morning walks. He greatly enjoyed the no cellphone policy throughout the property.

The room itself was 800 square feet. There’s a full kitchen, dining area, living room and ginormous shower with a glass door. Woof Woof loved rounding the corner with his new dog toy. He had tons of space to play and it added to his tranquil but playful experience.

For the humans, there are two golf courses, tennis courts and a resort pool. The mountain golf course is a mini course with 3 holes. It’s known for the views and being amid the natural cactus plants. Then the Canyon course has 18 holes. Groups will come in to share the large rooms and can always bring their dogs. There is a $100 pet fee per stay, whether you are bringing dogs of any size or your cat.

There are trails you can walk to from the hotel. However, they don’t allow dogs. In the Tucson area there is a fear of small animals like dogs attracting mountain lions. Both the human and dog may get eaten.

Instead, it’s suggested to take your dog to the trails on top of the Santana Catalina Mountains. Dogs are safer there but you still have to watch for bears.

For more on the Lodge at Ventana Canyon, checkout thelodgeatventanacanyon.com

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Woof Woof Gets His Astrology Reading in Sedona, Arizona


Sedona, Arizona is known as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Because of the energy vortex, a place in the mountains where Native Americans believe energies merge from both the spirit world and the world of the living. Woof Woof took a tour of the vortex with Debra who worked with Deepak Choprah. At the vortex, he drank from the creek. He put his feet in, but not the rest of his body. This is his common practice with any body of water and even with bathtubs and showers. He wants to be near the water but never fully commits. Oddly enough, his horoscope explained this and other behaviors.

Alexander Hunter, world renowned astrologer, went over Woof Woof’s birth chart with me. He said Woof Woof is a Pisces, a water sign, but his moon is dually in Aquarius and Venus. Pets in Aquarius don’t like water. They’re more cautious. So he loves the water in a cautious way.

Woof Woof is an observer. Whether he’s off-leash at the park, looking at the mountains in Arizona or in his favorite coffee shop, he takes time out to observe the world around him. He’ll sit or stand quietly and move his head every which way to see all viewpoints. His observation skills is what makes him a great travel writer. Astrologically, these skills come from both his sun sign of Pisces and his Mars sign of Sagittarius. Those born in the sun sign of Pisces are highly intelligent. That’s where the observation comes from. Those born under Sagittarius are travelers. If Woof Woof was a human, he’d be a world traveler.

Because of his moon also having Venus influence, he’s highly sensitive and a natural empath. He can absorb emotion and let it go into the universe. Woof Woof is very kind. He always socializes new puppies at the dog park. When someone is sad, I hand them Woof Woof and he stays still while they hold him and often licks their face exactly once. He’s a natural healer. With his sensitivity and his healing capabilities, he’d probably be in doctors without borders as a human. Part of this also comes from his Neptune influence.

He’s also highly intuitive. Woof Woof has three modes with people: loves them, indifferent and disgust. Disgust is rare. There are two people that walk by in the park that he just runs up to and repeatedly barks at. Alex says be wary of them. Woof Woof has good instinct. Alex adviced me to stay away from people he doesn’t like. Most of my friends all in the love category. One or two he’s indifferent with. I have one friend that if anyone else I know says anything negative about him, he barks at them. He’s his favorite person other than me.

In summary, Alex says all dogs are special but Woof Woof is really special and meant to be a star. I’m most proud of his empathic abilities to heal the emotions of those around him.

To book an energy tour go to sedonanewagestore.com or call 928-282-7220.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.


Woof Woof Reviews New York City Fashion Week



Woof Woof always had a penchant for fashion and lifestyle. He picked a pair of my heels that were out style as one of his first chew toys. He favors savory over sweet treats. He only likes lean cuts of steak and rejected a fatty steak bone. So it makes sense that he was the only dog reviewing the Dog and Co. Fashion Show in New York City. He sat next to a seat marked for Teen Vogue in the press section.


The fashion was really cute and affordable. Woof Woof let me know he approved of his black sweatshirt with metallic sleeves and hood by not trying to remove it with paws or teeth. The sweatshirt is designed by Eye of Dog.

He took his red carpet pic and then went hunting for other dogs to play with. He picked a Dachshund named Bowser adorned in a leopard print hoodie and grey backpack to be his playmate. Bowser is adoptable from PetStarzRescue. So is Matilda the Chihuahua who sported a heart shirt and Leo, a Min Pin, who contrasted his black hoodie with a red harness.

Woof Woof acted disinterested in the fashion show itself, ignoring the dog on a skateboard. He chose instead to quietly clean himself at the end of the runway.

When the show was over, he took a stroll to Ellary’s, an organic eatery that offered him a watermelon juice ice pop on a bison stick. He finished his day at the Morganthal Frederics Eyewear, where he was handed a dog biscuit next to $2,000 Cartier glasses. With the exception of most restaurants, all shops in The Shops at Columbus Circle aren’t just dog friendly but dog encouraging. They want you to bring your furry friends, whether you’re going to Michael Kors, Hugo Boss or H & M. The shopping center is located just across the street from Central Park, the largest park in the city. Dog & Co. is located next door in the shops near the Columbus Circle subway station. Woof Woof loves the shop because #woof is written on the store window.

To shop Woof Woof’s look or other snazzy, very human like dog clothes, check shopdogandco.com.

Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.

Dog Swim Days 2016 – Swimming Pools Go to the Dogs

During the dog days of summer dog swim days are held at public swimming pools and water parks across the country, usually as the pools are closing for the summer and before they’re drained. Dog Swim Days are the one time of the year when dogs are welcomed to dog paddle, fetch and play in the pool.



Mountain Home, AR
Dog Pool Party
August 14, 2016
Mountain Home Swimming Pool


Cameron Park, CA
Pooch Plunge and Laps at the Lake
August 13, 2016
Cameron Park Lake Lagoon


Santa Rosa, CA
Spring Lake Water Bark
Sept. 18, 19, 24, and 25, 2016
Spring Lake Regional Swimming Lagoon


Arvada, CO
Dog Swim Day
August 14, 2016 at two outdoor swimming pools – Lake Arbor and Seacrest

Aspen, CO
Doggie Day at the ARC
September 3, 2016
Aspen Recreation Center

Boulder, CO
Dog Dayz
September 19, 2016 through October 2, 2016
Scott Carpenter Park Pool

Greeley, CO
Discovery Bay’s Doggie Day
August 27, 2016
Discovery Bay Waterpark

Longmont, CO
Dog Swims at Roosevelt Pool
August 16, 2016
Roosevelt Activity Pool

Denver, CO
Dog Daze at F-15 Pool
September 10, 2016
F-15 Pool

Parker, CO
Barker Days
September 10, 2016
H2O’Brien Pool




Rocky Hill, CT
Dog Day at the Pool
August 23, 2016
Elm Ridge Outdoor Pool

Wethersfield, CT
Annual Dog Swim
August 20, 2016
Mill Woods Swim Pond


Coral Gables, FL
Paws in the Pool
October 2, 2016
Venetian Pool

Deerfield Beach, FL
K9 Water Festival
October 8 and 9, 2016
Quiet Waters Park

Hollywood, FL
K9 Water Festival
October 1 and 2; October 15 and 16, 2016
Castaway Island Water Park

Roya Palm Beach, FL
Waggin’ at the Waterpark
October 1, 2016
Calypso Bay Waterpark

St. Petersburg FL
Dog Swim Day Fossil Park
August 13, 2016
Fossil Park Pool
St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation

Tampa, FL
Annual Doggie Paddle
Early November 2016
Copeland Pool



Pine Mountain, GA
Dog Splash & Luau at the Liberty Bell Pool
September 10, 2016
F.D. Roosevelt State Park


Lava Hot Springs, ID
6th Annual Dogapoolooza – Open Swim for Dogs
September 10, 2016
Olympic Swimming Complex

Nampa, ID
9th Annual Pooch Party Stoll & Splash
August 27, 2016
Lakeview Park


Rochelle, IL
Pooch Plunge
August 18, 2016
Spring Lake Pool

Rockford, IL
Dog Days of Summer
August 13, 2016
Northeast Family YMCA


Franklin, IN
Doggie Pool Day
September 10, 2016
Franklin Family Aquatic Center

Jeffersonville, IN
Pooch Plunge
September 10, 2016
Jeffersonville Aquatic Center



Ankeny, IA
Pooch Paddle Dog Swim
August 25, 2016
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center

Des Moines, IA
Doggie Dive
August 21, 2016
Aquatic Center and Pool

Dubuque, IA
Doggie Dip
August 14, 2016 at Sutton Pool
August 27, 2016 at Flora Pool

Marshalltown, IA
6th Annual Dog Days of Summer Doggie Dip
August 15 and August 16, 2016
Marshalltown Aquatic Center

Norwalk, IA
We Have Gone to the Dogs (Dog Swim)
August 24, 2016
Norwalk Aquatic Center


Hays, KS
Dog Swim
August 20, 2016
Hays Aquatic Park

Lawrence, KS
Pooch Plunge
September 6, 2016
Outdoor Aquatic Center

Lenexa, KS
Tails on the Trails Dog Swim
August 13, 2016
Ad Astra Pool

Pittsburgh, KS
10th Annual Dog Swim
August 22, 2016
The Pittsburgh Aquatic Center



Lexington, KY
Doggie Paddle
September 10, 2016
Woodland Aquatic Center

Louisville, KY
3rd Annual Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Calypso Cove Aquatic Facility

Winchester, KY
Dog Swim
August 6, 2016
College Park Gym, 15 Wheeler Ave.



Troy, MI
Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Troy Family Aquatic Center

West Bloomfield, MI
Pooch Plunge
August 27, 2016
Family Aquatic Center

Ypsilanti, MI
Annual Dog Swim
September 10 and September 11, 2016
Rolling Hills Water Park


Chevy Chase, MD
Annual Dog Swim
End of Summer
Somerset Pool

Ocean Pines, MD
Doggie Swim
September 10, 2016
Mumford’s Landing Pool


Northfield, MN
Dog Swim
September 2 and September 3, 2016
Old Memorial Pool


Starkville, MS
6th Annual Dog Paddle
August 6, 2016
Moncrief Park Pool


Cape Girardeau, MO
Doggy Swim Day
September 25, 2016
Cape Splash Family Aquatics Center

Columbia, MO
Pooch Plunge
September 2, 2016
Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center

Ellisville, MO
Pooch Plunges
September 8 and September 10, 2016
EDGE Aquatic Center

Kansas City, MO
Dippin’ Dogs & The Springs
September 10, 2016
Springs Aquatic Center

Kirkwood, MO
Dog Pool Parties
September 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (all dogs)
September 8, 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. for dogs 25 pounds and smaller; 6:00-7:30 p.m. for all dogs.
The Kirkwood Aquatic Center

O’Fallon, MO
Pool Paws Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center

St. Charles MO
Dog Swim
August 8, 2016 or August 11, 2016
McNair Aquatic Center


Lincoln, NE
Dog Splash 2016
August 21, 2016
Star City Shores

Omaha, NE
Doggie Dips 2016
August 7, 2016 at Lee Valley Pool
August 10, 2016 at Cryer Pool
August 14, 2016 at Gallagher Pool


Wildwood, NJ
Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs”
September 11, 2016
Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers


Avon Lake, OH
11th Annual “Big Splash” Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Avon Lake Municipal Pool

Bellefontaine, OH
Dog Day at the Pool
August 14, 2016
Hoffman Municipal Pool

Brook Park, OH
Annual Dog Swim
August 20, 216
Alice M. Hassing Waterpark

Hinckley Township, OH
Dog Paddle and Pet-A-Palooza
August 28, 2016
Cleveland Metroparks Ledge Pool

Independence, OH
Dog Swim & Fun Day
September 10, 2016
Independence Outdoor Pool

Lakewood, OH
2016 Lakewood Dog Swim
September 6, 2016
Foster Pool at Lakewood Park

Mason, OH
Dog Day
September 11, 2016
The Beach Waterpark

Shaker Heights, OH
Doggie Dip
September 10, 2016
Thornton Pool

Willowwick, OH
Dog Dayz Swim at Manry Pool
August 17, 2016
Manry Pool


Broken Arrow, OK
Pooch Plunge
August 14, 2016
Nienhuis Aquatic Facility

Stillwater, OK
4th Annual Pooches in the Pool
August 14, 2016
City of Stillwater Municipal Pool


Allentown, PA
Doggie Dips
August 27, 2016 at Mack Pool
September 7, 2016 at Jordan Pool

Boyertown, PA
6th Annual Yip & Dip Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
The Boyertown Community Pool

Elysburg, PA
Doggie Dive
September 11, 2016
Knoebels Amusement Resort

Finleyville, PA
5th Annual Labor Day Dog Swim
September 5, 2016
Mineral Beach

State College, PA
Aqua-Dog Day
September 11, 2016
Park Forest Pool


Waynesboro, PA
7th Annual Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Northside Pool


Charleston, SC
Dog Day Afternoon
September 10, 2016 – Splash Island Waterpark at Palmetto Islands County Park
September 11, 2016 – Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Park at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park

Greenville, SC
Doggie Pool Party
September 17, 2016
Greenville Community Pool

Greenville, SC
Waggin’ at the Waterpark – Otter Creek
September 24, 2016
Otter Creek Waterpark

Simpsonville, SC
Waggin’ at the Waterpark – Discovery Island
September 10, 2016
Discovery Island Waterpark


Sioux Falls, SD
Check website for date
Laurel Oak and Terrace Park Family Aquatic Centers

Spearfish, SD
Doggie Swim
September 6, 2016
Spearfish Rec & Aquatic Center


Bedford, TX
Dog Splash /2K-nine
September 10, 2016
Bedford Splash Family Aquatic Center

Cedar Hill, TX
Paws in the Pool-ooza
August 13, 2016
Crawford Park Pool

El Paso, TX
8th Annual Dog Day Swimming
September 10 and September 11, 2016
Nations Tobin Aquatic Center

North Richland Hills, TX
Doggie Beach Bash
September 24, 2016
NRH2O Family Water Park

Garland, TX
11th Annual Dog-A-Pooloza
August 20, 2016
Holford Community Pool


Garland, TX
Wags and Waves
September 10, 2016
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark

Grapevine, TX
Doggie Dive-In
September 10, 2016
Pleasant Glade Pool

Lubbock, TX
K-9 SplashFest
August 14, 2016
Clapp Pool

Mesquite, TX
Doggie Splash Day
August 13, 2016
Vanston Pool

New Braunfels, TX
Doggie Dip Day
September 11, 2016
Landa Park Aquatic Complex

Odessa, TX
2016 Pet Splash
August 7, 2016
Sherwood Aquatic Center

Rowlett, TX
2016 Pooch Plunge
August 14, 2016
Wet Zone



Provo, UT
Puppy Paddle Pool Party
September 3, 2016
Provo Recreation Center

Sandy, UT
Dippin’ Dogs
September 17 and September 24, 2016
Alta Canyon Sports Center


Essex Junction, VT
If I Could Only Paddle Like a Doggy
August 28, 2016
Maple Street Pool


Abingdon, VA
Coomes Center Doggie Swim Day
September 17, 2016
The Coomes Center

Alexandria, VA
Annual Doggie Day Swim
September 16, 2016 for dogs 25 lbs and under – Memorial Pool at Charles Houston Recreation Center
September 17, 2016 for dogs 25 lbs and up – Old Town Pool

Fredericksburg, VA
“Doggone” Pool Party
September 10, 2016
Loriella Park Pool

Harrisonburg, VA
Dog Days Dog Swim
August 28, 2016
Westover Pool

Lovettsville, VA
Loettsville Dog Swim
September 10, 2016
Lovettsville Community Pool

Norfolk, VA
Dogs Gone Swimming 2016
September 17, 2016
Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center

Williamsburg, VA
Drool in the Pool
September 10, 2016
Chickahominy Riverfront Park


Seattle, WA
Dog Swim
September 25, 2016
Madison Pool

Tacoma, WA
Pooch Pool Party
September 10, 2016
Stewart Heights Pool


Appleton, WI
Doggie Day at the Pool!
August 20, 2016
Mead Pool

Eau Claire, WI
Doggie Swim Fest
September 5, 2016
Fairfax Pool

Menomonie, WI
Dog Swim at Wakanda Water Park
September 3, 2016
Wakanda Water Park

Milwaukee, WI
12th Annual Labor Day Doggy Dip
September 5, 2016
Cool Waters in Greenfield Park


Sheridan, WY
Dog Swim
August 27, 2016
Kendrick Park Pool




5 Fun and Safe Travel Tips For Taking Rover on the Road

Written by:  Amber Kingsley

When we think about hitting the road with our four-legged best friend, we often imagine the stereotypical dog with his head sticking out the window, his tongue and ears flapping in the wind. But this is actually very dangerous, aside from the possibility of being struck by a flying object, this also puts your animal at risk for health hazardous like an upper respiratory infection.

 Driving is not without risk, but it can also be very rewarding, for both you and your pet. Keep in mind these tips for when you hit the open road with your animal:


#1 – Feel the Heat

While we all know not to leave a dog alone in a hot car, not even for one minute, sometimes we forget about other sources of heat, like sidewalks and pavement.  On a typical summer’s day, when the outside temperature reaches 95℉, concrete sidewalks can heat up to 125℉ and black asphalt roadways can reach a blistering 140℉. More than uncomfortable, at these temperatures your animal is at risk for a serious burn. Take a moment to feel the surface where your dog will be walking in the summertime before you take them out for a walk.

#2 – Recreation for Them

Just like searching for pet-friendly lodging, look for recreations spots to take your dog to unwind while you’re out on the road. Other than rest stops, search for other places your pet might enjoy like dog-friendly beaches, parks, even some restaurants have outdoor dining areas that allow animals. Google these destinations that are along your route and just like any other member of your family and traveling companions, your dog will enjoy some of their favorite places.

#3 – Beach Blanket Bingo

When you do stop for some time at the coast, be sure to bring a blanket and source of shade for your dog to enjoy. Along with plenty of cool, fresh drinking water, your dog needs a place of relief from the hot sand and sun. Don’t forget those dog toys.

for a great day of fun and play at the beach with your buddy

for a great day of fun and play at the beach with your buddy

#4 – Click It or Ticket

Just like our two-legged passengers, some states have laws requiring animals be restrained while traveling in vehicles. Some places forbid drivers from having a dog riding in their lap while behind the wheel and others can issue a citation for distracted driving involving a dog inside your car. In any event, be mindful of laws that can vary from location to location.

#5 – Events & Exercise

There’s a relatively new exercise-related dog event that’s been picking up steam lately and traveling around the country – dock diving. In case you’re unfamiliar with this growing trend, a number of different clubs and organizations take their mobile pools and docks out on the road and challenge area dogs and their owners to this competition. Usually chasing a toy and aiming for a target, these four-legged athletes are judged for distance and height while running down a dock and diving into the water.

Whether you wait until a competition comes to a city near you or hit the road for participation out of town, this is an excellent way to enjoy the great outdoors. So get mobile with you mutt and have a good time with your dog.

Take Your Dog Out to the Ballgame – Dog Friendly Baseball Games 2016

For these special events, a section of the stands is reserved for people and their dogs.Bark in the Park - Atlanta Braves


  • Kansas City Royals – Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers
  • Specific areas have been set aside for this event in Sections 206-208 and 107-108 for dogs and their owners that day.
  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, April 23, 2016
  • Washington Nationals vs. Minnesota Twins
  • Bring your furry four-legged friend to Nationals Park in 2016! Purchase a discounted ticket for you, your family and you favorite family pet and support the Washington Humane Society.
  • Atlanta Braves – Sunday, April 24, 2016
  • Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets
  • All canine tickets must be purchased with a human ticket. Fans with two or more dogs must have an additional “owner” accompanying the additional canine. Each canine ticket includes a Braves leash!
  • New York Mets
  • New York Mets – Tuesday, April 26, 2016
  • New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds
  • Sit together with fellow dog lovers in designated Coca-Cola Corner seats. A portion of the dog ticket and of the human ticket will benefit North Shore Animal League America. Dogs will only be allowed in the Coca-Cola Corner at Citi Field. Arrive early to the Bullpen Gate with your game tickets to participate in the Dog Parade (weather permitting).


      • Arizona DiamondbacksSunday, May 1, 2016
      • Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies
      • The Arizona Diamondbacks’ new dog friendly patio welcomes dogs at all 13 of their Sunday home games.


    • Cincinnati Reds
    • Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
    • Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants
    • Ticket packages available for dogs and their owners with pet activities, samples and more in the Kroger Fan Zone.
    • Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
    • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
    • Miller Lite Rooftop seating is reserved for dog owners and their pets with fun activities planned for both dogs and owners. Limit 1 dog per person per game.


  • Texas Rangers
  • Texas Rangers – Saturday, May 14, 2016
  • Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays


  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, May 14, 201
  • Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves
  • New York Mets – Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • Pittsburg Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics
  • Bark at the Park requires the purchase of one Dog Ticket and one Human Ticket. A special Bark at the Park entry gate will be located at the west end of the Left Field Gate near The Glove statue. There will be “comfort stations” for dogs in various locations throughout the designated Bark at the Park areas, as well as a waste disposal management team.
  • Washington Nationals
  • Washington Nationals – Friday, May 27th the Cardinals
  • Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • San Diego Padres
  • San Diego Padres – Thursday, June 2, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners
  • Up to 500 dogs will be permitted and an advance application is required. Get there early for a parade with your pooch around the Petco Park warning track and other pregame events!
  • Miami Marlins – Sunday, June 5, 2016
  • Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 7, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets
  • Cincinnati Reds – Thursday June 9, 2016
  • Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • Washington Nationals – Monday, June 13, 2016
  • Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs
  • St. Louis Cardinals – Saturday, June 18, 2016
  • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers
  • Fans with a special ticket will be allowed to bring their dog to a designated section of the ballpark.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, June 21, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Saturday, July 9, 2016
  • Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres
  • Fans that purchase a special event ticket in the Coca-Cola All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion are invited to bring their dogs to the park. Arrive early so you and your furry friend can join the pregame Pup Parade on the field!
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, July 19, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • San Diego Padres – Monday, August 1, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 9, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres
  • Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, August 9, 2016
  • Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers
  • San Francisco Giants – Sunday, August 21, 2016
  • San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets
  • San Diego Padres – Monday, August 22, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, August 23, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros
  • Cincinnati Reds – Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers
  • Houston Astros
  • Houston Astros – Sunday, August 28, 2016
  • Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays
  • San Diego Padres – Monday, September 5, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Boston Red Sox
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
  • Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers
  • Washington Nationals – Thurs, September 8, 2016
  • Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
  • Chicago White Sox – Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
  • Cincinnati Reds – Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers
  • Atlanta Braves – Sunday, September 18, 2016
  • Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals
  • San Diego Padres – Monday, September 19, 2016
  • San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • New York Mets – Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Tuesday, September 27, 2016
  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Washington Nationals – Saturday, October 1, 2016
  • Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
  • Washington Nationals




Flying Your Pet By Private Jet

By: Doug  Gollan, ForbesLife


Upcoming seasonal delays (“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a line of thunderstorms across the entire Midwest and a ground stop at all New York-area airports”), combined with sweltering heat on the tarmac, often lead commercial airlines to restrict transport of pets. And while airlines point to a minimal number of pet casualties, for an owner, dogs and cats are often like family members, so the potential pitfalls can be scary. What’s more, there are increasing fees and limits to the number of pets that can be accommodated on a single flight.

Recently, I asked several private aviation companies and experts about policies for flying pets both with and without their owners. Keep in mind, when booking private jets, you aren’t always dealing with the actual operator of the plane. Charter brokers typically source planes from a network of operators who fly the aircraft, although operators will also market their own aircraft and source others on a charter basis as needed.

A spokesperson for XOJET was more excited about flying pets than unaccompanied children (more on that in a future story), noting, “We definitely go above and beyond to ensure our furry friends are well taken care of.”

The company, which operates its own fleet in addition to sourcing third-party jets from a partner network, has both rules and recommendations when it comes to pets. One reminder is to make sure Fido has proper vaccinations and customs documentation relevant to the passenger’s destination (Hawaii, for example, has strict quarantine restrictions). As with humans, safety comes first: “The main (rule) is that they are on a leash at all times to and from the aircraft, on the ground, and in the air,” the representative says, adding, “All large pets must occupy a seat and cannot block the aisles or emergency exits.”

The safest way for a dog to fly is with a body harness, not a neck collar, states the official. Small dogs and cats should be in a carrier that is also affixed to a seat belt during takeoff and landing and does not block the aisle. Large pets are counted as passengers due to their weight.

privatejetpetfriendly3Carol Martin, founder of airPA, a company of flight attendants specializing in flying pets privately, recommends pet owners purchase top-of-the-line harnesses for their animals. Martin mentions the brand Ruffwear specifically. She says that while there are not any certified tests of pet harnesses for airplanes, she evaluates them based on automobile usage. “There’s no sense strapping in your pet, and then having it slip or choke.”

In terms of pets traveling alone, XOJET says clients can request to have their pets flown alone, and then a cabin attendant must accompany the pet. NetJets, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway that operates fractionally owned jets and sells prepaid cards granting access to its planes, requires that for takeoff and landing pets be in a carrier and stowed in an internal baggage area or be secured in their own seat. Pets may not occupy the same seat as a passenger. Further, multiple animals may be secured in unoccupied passenger seats provided their combined weight does not exceed 150 pounds. Like on XOJET, animals secured on the floor may not obstruct any aisle or exit or access to any aisle or exit. Wheels Up, which offers private air travel via a membership system, “doesn’t have stringent rules for flying pets except that they must not be aggressive or able to interfere with the pilots command of the plane,” says COO David Kaufman. He adds, “So dogs generally (need to be) on leashes, birds in cages, cats in cage during take-off and landing,” noting that being able to fly pets is “very often a reason people choose to fly Wheels Up.”

Ricky Sitomer, CEO of Blue Star Jets, a broker that doesn’t operate any aircraft, says, “We work for the client…so we go and find an aircraft that will take the pet and give the customer the various options.” Clearly outlining who or what will be traveling when making a booking is critical. He notes that restrictions can extend beyond operators to the owners of each aircraft. “Maybe no pets. Maybe no red wine. Maybe no smoking,” he elaborates. Carol Cork, co-founder and sales & marketing director of PrivateFly, another broker, says, “Most private jets allow domestic pets on board, [however] the owner may on occasion ask for the aircraft to be cleaned afterwards.”  Clive Jackson, CEO and founder of Victor, which also sources aircraft from operators, says that it builds profiles for customers, including pet travel, so that it only gives options with pet friendly providers. Pets and pet preferences are included in the manifests provided to the aircraft operator. Martin agrees that it is critical to make sure the operator knows you will be traveling with pets, the type, and how many, so there is no chance of confusion on departure day.

As part of her service, Martin also brings pet oxygen masks and life vests, “so that they have all of the resources a human would.” She and her colleagues are Red Cross-certified in pet first aid, and she has had the opportunity to use her training, performing the Heimlich maneuver on a dog that was choking in flight.

privatejetpetfriendly2According to Martin, the size of an aircraft is not important, but there are a number of pre-flight steps owners can take to make their pet’s trip happier. If the pet is going to fly unaccompanied, she recommends getting the pet acclimated to its crate in the weeks leading up to the trip. Place the crate at home in a location the pet normally hangs out, putting in favorite blankets and toys. Martin also advises not to worry about your pet drinking or eating on the plane, as pets can fly domestic-length flights without fear of dehydration. She does recommend a light meal and normal walking routine prior to the trip. As pets get excited by flying, she shares a tip to keep them calm: Provide the crew favorite music to pipe in the cabin, or send along an iPod with speakers that can be set up near your pet.

Typically Martin travels with the pet owners, “so they can enjoy the flight without worrying their pet is going to tear up the plane.” In addition to more traditional pets, she’s flown with ferrets, snakes, spiders, falcons, and goats. Her company operates on the same daily fee structure as contract flight attendants, which is $500 for domestic and $600 for international, plus expenses.

On the fun side, Martin puts together a specialized pet amenity kit with toys and treats and serves her pet passengers meals designed to look like human eats. “Everyone has a laugh,” she says, noting that all her company’s flight attendants also have culinary training related to pet palates.

Once you’ve worked out the logistics, Fido is going to be one happy and lucky dog. The XOJET spokesperson adds, “Rules aside, our onboard service is well tailored to our four-legged flyers, including blankets and dog treats.” As one last tip, Martin recommends a tablet filled with episodes of Meerkat Manor. “I’ve honestly never met a dog that isn’t entertained for hours by watching a bunch of meerkats run around,” she says.